What is Art? Appreciation of beauty is programmed into the DNA of many living creatures, though limited to the brilliant mating displays in the animal world. But what could have been the first truly artistic impulse in our pre-historic humanoid ancestors? Was it the cadence of clapping or was it tuneful vocalization or rhythmic body movements? Of-course the only permanent sign we have at present is various pre-historic cave paintings. Today, Art may be defined as any activity or product made by humans in a sensory form for aesthetical or communicative purposes, expressing ideas, emotions, or, in general, a world view. It may include architecture, dance, sculpture, music, painting, poetry, film, photography, comics, design, graphics, fashion, gastronomy, video, computer art, performance, advertising, animation, television, video games and even things like designs of industrial/ scientific products.
There is strong similarity between India and Canada in one fundamental sense; that of multi culturism and multi-ethnicity but otherwise they are far distant, not only in point of location but also in point of time, India being an old country with a history going back at-least 50 centuries while that of Canada could be about 10 times younger. Another unifying factor is that people from India may form the largest visible minority in Canada, and even among them, people from this region abound. Canadian Art originated from Native Americans and Inuits. In Colonial times it was heavily influenced by Europe and it was only in the 20th Century that it matured into a distinct entity with its present day multi-cultural cross fertilization while India has had an artistic identity for 4000 years.